Top Ten DARPA Inventions

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6. Switchblade

Through its Switchblade program, DARPA has started encouraging the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The $10.3-million project involves a bizarre design.

 

7. Exoskeletons

The DARPA is funding a US$50 million project known as “Exoskeletons for Human Performance Augmentation”. This program is expected to encourage the development of actively controlled exoskeletons that help larger weapons to be carried, provide better protection from enemy attacks and allow the wearer to be active for a longer time by carrying more food and supplies for war.

 

8. Robot Cars

This can become another great creation of DARPA. DARPA is in the process of creating driverless cars or robot cars capable of traversing long distances even through busy traffic and bad road conditions. Some of these vehicles have been produced already thanks to its competitions. The robot cars can be seen with radars, antennas and lasers competing in the races.

 

9. Z-man

This project by DARPA is expected to enable soldiers to scale walls vertically sans ropes or ladders at high speed. DARPA also has hopes to extend this technology to humans. DARPA drew its inspiration for this program from the technique used by small creatures such as spiders, geckos and other tiny animals to scale vertical surfaces. This program aims at building synthetic versions of these material systems and using them as a new aid for climbing for use by humans.

 

10. Underwater Express

This program is expected to controlled and stable underwater high speed transport through supercavitation. This occurs when an object moves quickly so that it can vaporize the water around it into a single enveloping bubble. To reach amazing speeds, the vehicle has to use the process of supercavitation by which a bubble of gas is generated around an object which helps to reduce drag and and makes high speed underwater transport possible.

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